When we generate story ideas, we see them in our minds as perfect gems of literature. When we translate that image into words in a manuscript, even the best fall short of our imagination. Here are three reasons stories can fall flat to readers. Characters act and speak in a vacuum Sometimes we're so energized … Continue reading Three Reasons Your Story Feels Flat
Many of us have spent the month pouring out words to make our 1,667 word daily goal for our NaNoWriMo novels. How many days did you hit the goal? How often did you write more, or less? It doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter if you wrote 50,000 words of something resembling a novel or … Continue reading Word-count Doesn’t Matter
Choosing the right form of magic for your novel The debate is not new, and I'm not looking to reignite it, or even consider it a debate. Both are legitimate approaches to writing magic. But selecting how magic works in your story should be a deliberate choice not a subconscious default. Magic in fantasy often … Continue reading Magic System or Just Magic?
Living as a Writer Series November is nearly upon us and with it all the tweets, blog posts, and Facebook chatter. There's a belief that everyone has a novel in them. That may be true, but it may also not be true for you this year; this November. You don't have to take part in … Continue reading Surviving NaNoWriMo and ignoring the FoMO